The Duclos Lenses Cine-Mod paved the way for budding cinematographers to take advantage of millions of legacy lenses by adding cinematic features normally reserved for higher-end motion picture lenses. Over the years I’ve sent a great many lenses to Duclos Lenses for the Cine-Mod. It’s been key for exploring not-so-common lenses that exhibit a unique character and making them a bit more practical for motion picture use, with a proper and consistently sized front ring diameter, hard mount conversion and, most importantly, the addition of hard focusing gears.
Duclos’ lens modification process has allowed me to explore all sorts of different looks and lenses dating back to the 1950s: vintage Nikon-F, Leica-R, Canon-FD and Olympus-OM. Most recently, Mamiya-645 and my Zeiss Otus Primes have received the Cine-Mod.
One valuable feature of these larger-format lenses is coverage. With the growing trend of larger than Super 35mm sensor sizes, particularly in RED Digital Cinema cameras, the Cine-Mod has allowed me to outfit complete sets that have their own flavor and have the image circle to cover various formats and resolutions using industry-standard mounts.
My favorite thing has been exploring some of these long-forgotten gems. That seems to be what it’s about, when it comes down to it: recognizing something special about the glass and finding a way to get that to work on modern digital cinema cameras.
Phil Holland is a director, director of photography and photographer based in Los Angeles.